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1829 Talk: To tree, or not to tree? Spatially targeting native woodland creation


Date & Time

Date: Friday, 4 December 2020

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

To tree, or not to tree? Spatially targeting native woodland creation

Online talk with Ray Kidd, Newcastle University

Where should we plant new native woodland? Our native woodlands are enormously biodiverse habitats. They store prodigious amounts of carbon, and they are focal points for many forms of recreation. They have also been historically undervalued, and are particularly rare in Northumberland. Natural capital accounting seeks to redress this, by placing value on ‘ecosystem services’ provided. These vary with location, so targeted planting is important if woodland creation subsidies are to be value for money.

This talk considers future tree planting in Northumberland National Park and presents a generalisable method for strategically locating new native woodland to maximise ecosystem services.

Ray Kidd is a Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management MSc student at Newcastle University, with a passion for his native Northumberland and habitat restoration. He enjoys solving problems using mapping software and planting trees.

Watch this talk from the comfort of home on the NHSN Youtube Channel, premiering Friday 4 December at 18.29.

Watch the talk here